My birthday was on Friday and for the first time ever, I spent the afternoon at a spa. I got some knots rubbed out of my neck which I received from reading and working out I’m sure. The whole experience relieved a lot of stress and tension in my body.
I’ve been reading through the Old Testament for the past couple months, and I don’t think God could be any clearer that we need to take time out to rest. If he created in six days and rested on the seventh, at a minimum, we need to rest as often. Our bodies need to recuperate, our minds need rest, we need to intentionally and regularly set aside time to be in God’s presence and draw from his power to go out and work again. Time alone for prayer, solitude, and silence is important.
We should also set aside time to simply enjoy living life. Read a book for pleasure. Get a hobby. Occasionally go out with friends. The point is to take some time off to just enjoy this life that God has given us.
While getting my pedicure, a young (30 something) male entered the room in a skully cap, sweater jacket, nylon pants, and house shoes (I’m not kidding because in his words, “My feet sweat a lot.”) He stretched out on the chair, as his aesthetician made physical observations (or at least I did). He looks like a biker (not a motorcyclist, but rather someone who rides a bike to work because he does not have a car.) If the wedding ring is any indicator, he is married to a female. He is certainly not the metrosexual type, you know the heterosexual guy that’s overly concerned with his appearance. “So, is this something you do often,” she asks. “I only do this once a year when I can afford it.” I thought, “Good for you! We should all do what we can, when we can but we definitely need to make time to do something.”
Self-care is so important. While reading through Peter Scazzero’s Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, I was reminded of the different components of who we are: emotional, social, physical, intellectual, spiritual, and physical. The heart engages all of these areas. We need to therefore, care for and pay attention to all of these areas as well.
Take time to be with our Maker. Take time to care for yourself.
I know that some people may think they don’t have the time or money for self-care. What are some small things you do to focus on God and recharge your batteries? How do you approach your Sabbath rests?
© Natasha S. Robinson 2012